World Migratory Bird Day celebrates “Birds Connect Our World,” the technologies we use to track birds, and how the information can inform conservation.

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Barn Owls provide natural control of rodents and are beneficial to agriculture. Ryan Bourbour from the BarnOwls Project at the University of California, Davis shares how their team studies this World Migratory Bird Day 2020 bird focal species.

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2020


WMBD is officially celebrated on the second Saturday of May in Canada and the US (May 9th in 2020), and the second Saturday of October in Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean (October 10th in 2020). However, every day is Migratory Bird Day, and you can celebrate birds and host events any day of the year!

Conservation Theme

The 2020 World Migratory Bird Day conservation theme, Birds Connect Our World, focuses on the tracking technologies used to explore the routes of migratory birds across the globe, and how this knowledge is used to inform conservation.
We follow the journeys of 12 selected migratory bird species, explore the ways we track their migrations, examine the threats they face along the way, and highlight the communities on the ground that are working to protect them.

Art and Featured Species

Art has been central to World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) and will continue to be a key element in 2020. This year’s art was done using the Linocut method, a printmaking technique variant of woodcut, in which a sheet of linoleum is used for a relief surfac.
The 12 focal bird species selected for WMBD 2020 represent diverse groups of birds. We will follow their migration journeys, explore the different ways we track them, and learn about actions we can take to protect them.


Following a rigorous selection process, artist Sherrie York was selected to create the art that reflects the 2020 conservation theme. A self-taught printmaker and compulsive wanderer of landscapes, Sherrie York lives and works in Bristol, Maine.
Observation is the core of Sherrie’s work, whether she is sketching leaves collected on a hike or carving a complex linocut block of waterbirds in their element. Her linocuts have been presented in national and international exhibitions, and are represented in corporate and museum collections.

Social Media Packet

Promoting your World Migratory Bird Day event can be a daunting task, so we created a Social Media Packet that provides easy copy-and-paste posts that you can use on your social media accounts (more resources coming soon!)

World Migratory Bird Day is made possible by its sponsors. Their contributions enable the development and distribution of education materials, regular outreach to host organizations, and collaboration with new partners. Their support has resulted in year-round programming, ensuring that Every Day is Bird Day!

Many thanks to the following sponsors.

Title Sponsors

Program Sponsors

Regional Sponsors


Our Team

Meet the dedicated individuals who keep WMBD running
Miguel Matta

Miguel Matta


In addition to working with EFTA, Miguel is a Biology student at the Universidad Central de Venezuela studying the birds of Portachuelo. His interest in ornithology started when he was 15 and led him to become part of the Venezuela’s Phelps Ornithological Collection. Through his coordination of WMBD, he hopes to motivate, connect and promote bird conservation across Latin America.

Daisy Debelle

Daisy Debelle

United States

A Ph.D. geographer, Daisy has studied natural and cultural heritage in France and China. After moving to Boulder in 2017, she has worked for two local non-profits. With the BoulderENOFF film festival, Daisy raised awareness on climate change and wildlife conservation. She was also involved with Mad Agriculture to help farmers turn to more regenerative agriculture. She has experience working with wildlife, from internships at the Natural History Museum of Paris during her childhood to prairie dog surveys with the City of Boulder more recently.

Sheylda Díaz-Mendez

Sheylda Díaz-Mendez


Sheylda has worked with International Migratory Bird Day and will now serve as the Caribbean Coordinator of World Migratory Bird Day. She isn’t new to coordination and was the Caribbean Coordinator in 2014. She also coordinated the Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival for BirdsCaribbean.

Guido Berguido

Guido Berguido


Guido Berguido, the founder of Adopta Panama Rainforest, has had a passion for conservation for many years. In an effort to conserve natural forests he purchased land, Cerro Chucanti, back in 2003. Since then over 20 new species have been discovered there. World Migratory Bird Day is happy to be partnering with Association Adopta el Bosque Panama!

Daniela Souza

Daniela Souza


Since she was young, Daniela has embraced her love for birds, animals and nature. She dreamed of becoming a veterinarian when she grew up, hoping to contribute to the wellbeing of the local birds and animals. Daniela’s passion for birds eventually led her to collaborate with the PAU: Programa de Aves Urbanas directed by the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO) in Mexico.

Barbara Pazos Almada

Barbara Pazos Almada

United States

Barbara is a native Brazilian who moved to the U.S. when she was 15 years old. She has always been passionate about the natural world and its conservation. She has a Bachelor’s and Master's degrees in Environmental Studies from Florida International University, and has also served in the Peace Corps as a Community Environmental Conservation Agent in Panama. Barbara strongly believes that education, community participation, and sustainable relationships are key components to conservation efforts.